Fetal Pain Questions & Answers
Recognizing that medical science demonstrates that certainly by 20 weeks after fertilization unborn children are capable of experiencing pain, the Act prevents abortions thereafter in the absence of a significant risk to the mother.
Do Unborn Children Really Experience Pain?
By twenty weeks after fertilization, all the physical structures necessary to experience pain have developed.
Download a PDF of this Fact Sheet from the National Right to Life Committee on Fetal Pain here:
Fetal Pain Q & A Fact Sheet
NRLC Convention Workshop on Fetal Pain:
Listen to remarks given by Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., and Steven Zielinski, M.D., J.D., at the 2011 National Right to Life Convention. Mary Spaulding Balch, NRLC’s State Legislative Director, was instrumental in crafting legislation that protects unborn children from abortion after they are capable of feeling pain. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is now law in five states.
Passing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is the number one Priority for VSHL in the 2012 General Assembly.